UPDATE (10:05 a.m.): I-10 has been reopened in both directions, according to two tweets by TxDOT.
UPDATE (8:54 a.m.): TxDOT tweeted out an update, letting drivers know that westbound traffic had a little more room before the closure.
“The westbound closure has moved forward to Sunland Park; Schuster and Executive are now open. Eastbound remains closed at Mesa. Plan an alternate route. Closure expected until noon. Crews working on downed fiber line,” the tweet read.
Also, EPISD school buses on the west side are experiencing delays because of the freeway closure. They are expected to still make the scheduled stops and continue on its route.
UPDATE (6:45 a.m.): Expect Interstate 10 to be closed until about 12 p.m. today.
The Texas Department of Transportation tweeted out an alert at about 6:45 a.m.
“If your commute includes I-10 on the west side plan an alternate route this morning. A fiber line is down and I-10 will be closed until about noon. EB off at Mesa, WB off at Sunland,” TxDOT tweeted.
The El Paso Police Department also noted that it may take until noon to clear an accident on I-10 West near Executive Center.
The line is a communications line, not a power line, El Paso Electric clarified in a tweet. Spectrum has been notified, the company said.
ORIGINAL: Police have shut down I-10 at Mesa in both directions due to a downed power line.
The closure includes the access road.
El Paso Police sent the alert about 3:35 a.m. Monday.
TxDOT traffic cameras show cars at a complete standstill
The cause of the downed power line is unknown.
It’s unclear how long the closure will remain in place.
Take Doniphan and Paisano as an alternate route.